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The Homeowner's Guide to Renewable Energy: Achieving Energy Independence Through Solar, Wind, Biomass, and Hydropower

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"The Homeowner's Guide to Renewable Energy" shows home and business owners how to make dramatic improvements in energy efficiency and tap into clean, affordable sources of renewable energy for heating, cooling, and generating electricity. This fully revised and updated edition includes expanded coverage of all areas, the latest advances in technology, and the economics of ...more
ebook, 352 pages
Published July 5th 2011 by New Society Publishers (first published February 1st 2006)
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Carl Wade
Dec 03, 2012 Carl Wade rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pg 5: You can't trust his graph. After 2013 everything keeps going down.
Pg 122: Rural areas may continue to burn wood. Suggests fast growing wood lots. What is the fastest growing fruit tree?
Pg 129: New wood stoves produce less smoke. What about having the stove in another building?
Pg 126: Catalytic converters in wood stoves increase efficiency.
Pg 134: Wood furnace in basement, garage or outdoors.
Pg 142: The masonary stove can have an oven and pizza oven in it. How could wood stove fit with the
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Leonardo Etcheto
Dec 05, 2009 Leonardo Etcheto rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good overview. Now I want to buy a property with a river of some kind to get the small hydro power going. Makes a good case for going renawable if you have a new home construction with expensive grid connection fee's.
Martha Smith
Jun 02, 2012 Martha Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After reading this book, I want to build an off-the-grid home. Great book. Who wants to pay increasing utility costs?
Kay
Sep 09, 2011 Kay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book for class and I really liked the writing style. The book was easy to understand and interesting!
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Mar 22, 2010 Lisa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This gives overviews of different energy sources, but doesn't give a punch list or step by step instructions, boo!
Mark Woodland
Jul 28, 2011 Mark Woodland rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great information & good ideas.... wish there were more material about how people with limited funds can pay for these things; perhaps web links to contantly updated information?
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Great ideas to enhance your home with renewable energy!
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Dan has spent much of the past 30 years studying sustainability and applying what he has learned in solar energy, natural building, and green building to his residences, and most of the last ten plus years sharing the practical knowledge he has gained through writing, lectures, slide shows, and workshops.

Dan Chiras paid his last electric bill in June of 1996. It is not that he has disavowed the u
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